Whether you are changing your couch-based routine for something a little more active or you are wanting to make drastic changes to your existing routine, it’s important that you take steps to ensure you don’t cause injury to yourself.
After all, it only takes one small injury to turn you off exercise and then before you know it you are starting it all again next year.
With this in mind, below are some great tips to help you prevent injuries as you make changes to your routine, whatever that currently entails.
What’s the Rush?
If you currently get home from work each day and just sit on the couch watching TV, then suddenly returning home from work one day and running around the block until you can’t stand up isn’t going to be a good experience for your body.
Why? Because It Wasn’t Ready!
Instead, if you currently do nothing, then do very little on your first few days. While this can seem counter-intuitive, easing your way into exercise is the number one way to prevent injuries.
Of course, if you are already exercising, the same tip applies. Don’t simply make drastic changes to your routine and instead make it a gradient where you can allow your body to adjust to the changes.
Wear the Right Gear
While there are some people who will go out and buy the latest and most expensive fashion items to workout, it is not necessary. All that you need to ensure is that you are wearing the right clothes for the task.
For example, if you are taking up running, grab some running shoes from the Groupon Coupons page for JC Penney. Similarly, if you will be performing large movements during cardio based exercises then ensure your clothing allows your body full movement.
While it can seem trivial, things like running in shoes designed for walking can be detrimental to your health and cause you serious foot and posture problems.
Stretch It All Out
Before any type of exercise that you do, ensure to stretch your whole body and not just the parts which you will be exercising. For example, if you will be lifting weights then it’s important that you stretch your supporting leg muscles to help you retain good posture throughout your workouts.
Additionally, a full body stretch is great ideas after each workout as it not only releases any tension in your muscles but it also encourages the flow of oxygen and blood to your muscles, helping them to recover faster and will less pain the next day.
When it comes to exercise, the best thing that you can do is to listen to your body. If you are running and you feel the need to stop, STOP! If you are lifting weights and you don’t think that you can do another rep, WAIT! If you need to drink water, DRINK WATER! Whatever your body is telling you that it needs, be sure to listen and provide.